Lamborghini has announced it will be working with tyre-maker Pirelli to produce a limited run (it is unclear exactly how many will be made) of Aventador coupes and roadsters to celebrate both companies' "long and ongoing history of collaboration"
Fast lane - Limited Lamborghini Aventadors, Infiniti Concept Car Infiniti's Concept Vision Gran Turismo (above); the updated Paddington Bear by Rolls-Royce; and Lamborghini's Aventador Pirelli Edition. -- PHOTO: INFINITI

SPECIAL "BULL-ETIN"

Lamborghini has announced it will be working with tyre-maker Pirelli to produce a limited run (it is unclear exactly how many will be made) of Aventador coupes and roadsters to celebrate both companies' "long and ongoing history of collaboration". Delivery starts from the second half of this year.

The differences between the Lamborghini-Pirelli Aventador and the regular model are cosmetic. Other components remain untouched, with the Lamborghini Aventador Pirelli Edition still using the spectacular fire-breathing 700bhp 6.5-litre V12.

Buyers can specify a matte finish for the roof (and various items including the wing mirror caps and engine bay cover) and a gloss finish for the rest of the body or vice versa.

DIGITAL DREAMING

Infiniti's latest sports car may never become a production reality, but players of the Gran Turismo 6 game for the Sony PlayStation can get a chance to take one for a test-drive in virtual reality, via a downloadable add-on content pack.

Belying its futuristic exterior styling done by the firm's Beijing design studio, the idea behind the Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo is remarkably simple: Take a powerful engine and pair it with a finely balanced chassis.

That said, Infiniti's digital hero also features advanced aerodynamics that contribute to the car's high-speed stability.

The Infiniti concept car is not the first time Gran Turismo's creators have worked with major automobile manufacturers. It has previously collaborated with Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Nissan, among others, to create a series of in-game concept cars.

SWEDE CYCLE SAFETY

Not content with aiming to eliminate fatal and/or serious accidents for its cars by the year 2020, Swedish automaker Volvo is also looking to build cars that enhance safety for other road users.

To that end, it has recently teamed up with its compatriots, electronics manufacturer Ericsson and sporting goods-maker POC, to come up with a safety concept to help make the roads safer for cyclists.

Set to be formally unveiled at the CES electronics show, the system consists of networked cars and bicycle helmets that are constantly "talking" to relay their relative positions to one another.

If the system senses an imminent collision, it will warn the driver on the car's head-up display and the cyclist through a warning light mounted on the helmet.

"BEARING IT" FOR CHARITY

Star of many storybooks and a recent movie, Paddington Bear is no stranger to the limelight.

What he is a little unaccustomed to is the lap of ultra-luxury.

Rolls-Royce's design director Giles Taylor gave the furry chap a Bespoke (the marque's customisation division) makeover, with inspiration taken from the marque's founder and pioneer aviator, CS Rolls. Paddington's "Taylor-made" outfit includes a brown leather duffel jacket, aviator's cravat and racing goggles.

Dubbed the Spirit of Paddington, an allusion to the marque's Spirit of Ecstasy bonnet ornament, Rolls-Royce's interpretation, along with 49 of his "siblings" made by Britain's foremost artists, was recently auctioned for charity to benefit the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) in the United Kingdom.

The Spirit of Paddington was eventually won by British artist Tracey Emin - who famously used her unmade bed as the centrepiece for her Turner Prize- nominated work, My Bed - and who donated it back to the NSPCC for future display.